Caring for a family member with dementia the fundamentals
One of the most import things to remember when caring for a family member with dementia is to accept support. Whether you are caregiving for someone in your family, or whether you provide care professionally, never be afraid to ask for help. Many family caregivers find support groups helpful.
Small alterations to your home can be beneficial to both you as the carer and the person you are caring for. More information can be found here
Plan for the future. As dementia progresses family caregivers may find it more difficult to care for their loved one and may need to seek professional memory care help.
Below we have listed the different types of care that are available
Caring for a family member with dementia in your own home
Many people with mild-to-moderate dementia are able to stay in their own home and live well if they have adequate support. Being in familiar surroundings can help people cope better with their condition.
Domiciliary care is provided to people who still live in their own homes but who require additional support with household tasks, personal care or any other activity that allows them to maintain their independence and quality of life.
As dementia progresses many people eventually require extra support. Depending on their needs, this could be a move into a residential care home or a nursing home that offers services for people with dementia
Getting more information
There is a range of services and resources to support people affected by dementia. Always remember that help is at hand, through your local GP or local social service. In addition here are some other organisations that might help.
- Age UK: – www.ageuk.org.uk
- Alzheimer’s Society:- www.alzheimers.org.uk
- Alzheimer’s Research UK: – www.alzheimersresearchuk.org
- Carers UK: – www.carersuk.org
- Dementia UK: – www.dementiauk.org
- NHS: – www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk//https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dementia/carers/
- Young Onset Dementia:- www.youngdementiauk.org